Albeit in a very small way, It was great to be part of this global celebration and the social networks that surrounded it. I’d also like to pass on some of the things that I discovered.
Tweetizen allows you to form groups in Twitter and follow interesting trends (but not, it seems, trends that have died away).
If you are part of the twitter “meme”, people start to retweet your insignificant posts and you get more followers!
Posterous is a great way to pick up articles related to a particular internet event and post them to a blog and retweet them at the same time.
The feedly plug-in is much better for sharing than Google reader: tweet, email, share with Google reader, facebook and delicious all from the article view.
Use email to posterous.com from feedly.com and you can update nearly all your sharing channels at once, including your regular blogs.
I used my posterous.com blog to share all 10 of the ALD09 postings that were in my RSS feed yesterday and today. However, on reflection, the fact that there where only 10 to share, given that most of my feeds are tech related, is not a good thing!
But here is the biggest finding:
Engaging in this sort of activity takes way too much time!
Google Summer of Code 2009 is open for applications. I think that GSoC, which is an annual event in which Google pays students 4,500 USD to work on an open source project of their choice, is a great project and dream of the day when one of my students takes on this challenge. I try my hardest by ensuring, so far as is possible, that only open source software is used in my courses: so my students have experience as users of LAMP, Drupal, WordPress, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Netbeans and even the Google Code hosting service. And every year, I pass on the announcement via Blackboard to all the students under my immediate care. Despite this exposure, no-one so far has thought that they had enough skills to move on to the next stage. Maybe this year will be different. After all, 4,500 USD is worth a lot more today than it was last year!
This new Flowgram weaves the best of the Internet’s sites on presentations into a briefing presentation for my research project students. At the time of writing, there is no soundtrack but check back later. Important note, Flowgram goes off line on 30th June: you probably won’t see the embedded presentation after that date.
Flowgram has been playing up lately: it takes an inordinate amount of time between uploading PowerPoint slides and them appearing on the site. Hopefully it’s just a temporary glitch but I’ve had to embed the web sites into the actual PowerPoint files to get this to work in my live briefings!
An informal guide for the engineering education scholar has been published by the Engineering Subject Centre (ESC) at the Higher Education Academy (HEA). It’s aimed at engineering educators (like me) who don’t have much idea of the theory of education and educators (also like me) who want to do research in this area. Hope it delivers what it promises!
So I subscribed to posterous.com (just by sending an email to post at posterous.com) and now I can post to the Learning Lab Community blog, Fresh and Crispy, Twitter and Flickr all at the same time … by email!
And as I’m doing this at 12.42 am, I’ve obviously got a bad case of social network addiction.
I have noticed that a few people in my Friendfeed have been using a new (to me) social commenting service Disqus to mediate their blog comments. Unable to resist trying out “yet another Web2.0 service” (YAWTS), I’ve signed up. After some adjustment to my Blogger template to include the necessary third-party code, my comments are now using Disqus and you can subscribe to a post’s comment stream, or all my comments. Should be a nice way to monitor comments on my posts if nothing else!
Why not try it yourself: it has some of the features that your Blogger comments engine is missing such as threaded comments, cross-social network links and reblogging. I just hope that it doesn’t go the way of Swurl!
Swurl was a lifestreaming tool with a great interface that I was subscribed to since I read about it in Read Write Web back in July last year. Unfortunately, without warning, it’s now gone and taken my life with it! All that is left is the apologetic note illustrated.